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Mesopotamia Insurrection 1920


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Gents

Does anyone have any information on transfers from the EEF to combat rising insurrection in Mesopotamia 1919 -1920. It would appear as EEF formations were disbanded and the troops demobbed men from the EEF start to appear in Mesopotamia. I know there were significant reinforcements from India to put down this insurrection - details can be found in Sir Aylmer Haldanes book - but I had not made the link with men transferring from Egypt / Palestine to Mesopotamia after the armistice.

Anybody have any similar experiences.

Regards

Dave

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Dave.

My gt Uncle was in the 36th Northumberlands in FRANCE---demobbed early 1919 ---then I find him in the 1st Btn Northumberlands 1919 --1921---in Mespot----obviously a "volunteer" . I know it doesn't answer your question directly, but you might find it of interest. Don't suppose you know what or where the 1st northumberlands were in Mespot? I'm probably being a bit lazy here----must dig out the Reg't history from the Library and I'm sure all will be revealed!!. Best wishes. Dave.

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Dave

Thanks for the response. Food for thought had not considered men being demobbed and rejoining for Mesop. will take another look at this. Sorry have no history on the Northumberlands in the 1919 - 1921 period but I am running through this now and will drop you a note if I come across anything.

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Dave

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I think there was a significant bounty for re enlisting. For men with no particular career to go home to the opportunity to make a little money may have been attractive.

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Hi Dave,

Just as an example, one of the 5 Siege Battery RGA men I have been researching (Bombardier 25180 [later 1402937] Sydney Benedict Aldworth) was discharged, but later re-enlisted and fought with 5 Medium Battery RGA in Mesopotamia (sadly to be killed in action in 1920).

cheers

Steve

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Gents

Thanks for this. Looks like it was alot more common than I thought. Will explore further.

Regards

Dave

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